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    IMEMC (The International Middle East Media Center ) - PLO Considers Halting Security Coordination with Israel Tuesday February 28, 2012 11:50 by Ghassan
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 29, 2012
      IMEMC (The International Middle East Media Center ) -

      PLO Considers Halting Security Coordination with Israel
      Tuesday February 28, 2012 11:50 by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

      http://www.imemc.org/article/63074


      Yasser Abed Rabbo, Secretary of the Executive Committee of the
      Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), announced Tuesday that the
      Palestinian Authority is considering halting security coordination with
      Israel in response to the ongoing settlement activity in the West Bank
      and East Jerusalem.

      Abed Rabbo told the London based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper that halting
      security and economic coordination with Israel is now being discussed by
      the Palestinian leadership as part of response measures to the ongoing
      Israeli settlement construction, and the stalemate in the peace process.

      “Everything is subject for reevaluation, but there is no final decision
      made yet” Abed Rabbo stated.

      The Palestinian-Israeli security and economic coordination was set
      during the also accords of 1993. Recently Palestinian President, Mahmoud
      Abbas, expressed dissatisfaction and frustration with Israeli plans to
      build more settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

      The Palestinians are demanding Israel to completely halt its settlement
      activities before peace talks can be resumed; Israel refused what it
      called the “Palestinian preconditions”, insisting on what it called
      ”it’s right to build”. The U.S. Administration tried to revive the talks
      in 2010, but Israel refused to halt its settlement activities.

      Last week, Israel announced it will be building 550 new homes in West
      Bank and East Jerusalem settlements. There are half a million settlers
      living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

      Settlements, their roads and Israeli military installations, including
      its roadblocks, leave the state of Israel in control of the majority of
      lands occupied in 1967 where Palestinians are planning their future state.
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